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declares the Lord,
“to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
forming an alliance,j but not by my Spirit,
heaping sin upon sin;
2 who go down to Egyptk
without consultingl me;
who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection,m
to Egypt’s shade for refuge.n
4 Though they have officials in Zoanq
and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
who bring neither helpt nor advantage,
but only shame and disgrace.u”
Through a land of hardship and distress,x
of lionsy and lionesses,
of adders and darting snakes,z
the envoys carry their riches on donkeys’a backs,
their treasuresb on the humps of camels,
to that unprofitable nation,
7 to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.c
Therefore I call her
Rahabd the Do-Nothing.
8 Go now, write it on a tablete for them,
inscribe it on a scroll,f
that for the days to come
it may be an everlasting witness.g
children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.j
10 They say to the seers,k
“See no more visionsl!”
and to the prophets,
“Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,m
11 Leave this way,o
get off this path,
and stop confrontingp us
with the Holy Oneq of Israel!”
12 Therefore this is what the Holy Oner of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message,s
relied on oppressiont
and depended on deceit,
like a high wall,u cracked and bulging,
14 It will break in pieces like pottery,x
shattered so mercilessly
that among its pieces not a fragment will be found
for taking coals from a hearth
or scooping water out of a cistern.”
“In repentance and resta is your salvation,
in quietness and trustb is your strength,
but you would have none of it.c
Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
at the threat of one;
at the threat of fivef
you will all fleeg away,
till you are lefth
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banneri on a hill.”
18 Yet the Lord longsj to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.k
For the Lord is a God of justice.l
Blessed are all who wait for him!m
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.n How gracious he will be when you cry for help!o As soon as he hears, he will answerp you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the breadq of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachersr will be hiddens no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voicet behind you, saying, “This is the way;u walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idolsv overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;w you will throw them away like a menstrualx cloth and say to them, “Away with you!y”
23 He will also send you rainz for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be richa and plentiful.b In that dayc your cattle will graze in broad meadows.d 24 The oxene and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodderf and mash, spread out with forkg and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter,h when the towersi fall, streams of water will flowj on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun,k and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and healsl the wounds he inflicted.
27 See, the Namem of the Lord comes from afar,
with burning angern and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,o
and his tongue is a consuming fire.p
rising up to the neck.s
He shakes the nations in the sievet of destruction;
he places in the jaws of the peoples
a bitu that leads them astray.
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;v
your hearts will rejoicew
as when people playing pipesx go up
to the mountainy of the Lord,
to the Rockz of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voicea
and will make them see his armb coming down
31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;g
with his rod he will strikeh them down.
with his punishing clubi
will be to the music of timbrelsj and harps,
as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.k
33 Tophethl has long been prepared;
it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breathm of the Lord,
like a stream of burning sulfur,n
sets it ablaze.o
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